MASVINGO – The things we do for football are what make it the world’s most beautiful sport.
On Sunday, Mbada Diamonds Cup defending champions Dynamos crashed out of the tournament after going down 1-0 to giant killer How Mine at Rufaro Stadium.
PREDATOR IN TOWN: DeMbada makes his way to the Mbada Diamonds Cup quarterfinal match between CAPS United and Chicken Inn at Ascot Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Watson Ofumeli
While Dynamos were losing to How Mine in Harare, DeMbada (real name Brian Gowa) – the Mbada Diamonds Cup official mascot and a well-known DeMbare fan – was busy “officiating” at the Highlanders-Buffaloes quarter-final in Masvingo.
Highlanders won 3-0 to progress to the semis.
“It pains that we exited the tourney at such an early stage but I guess it augers well with Mbada Diamonds’ motto, which is to harness diamonds for the people who includes every team in the Premiership and not just Dynamos alone,” Gowe told the Daily News yesterday.
“Given a choice I would have attended the DeMbare clash but these are bread and butter issues and that meant I had to do what puts food on the table.”
Meanwhile, the football rivalry between the two local football giants Dynamos and Highlanders manifested itself at Mucheke Stadium during the match.
DeMbare loyalists rallied behind a determined Buffaloes that had an upper hand in the first half but could not go past Munyaradzi Diya’s goal-guarded area.
In the second half, Bosso turned on the heat and grabbed three goals to sail through to the semi-finals. When news that Dynamos were struggling against How Mine in Harare filtered, Highlanders fans broke into songs and dance mocking their bitter rivals.